Playoff positioning on the line between Bethel Park, Peters Twp. on Friday Night Rivals

PITTSBURGH -- The race for postseason positioning continues in high school football across Western Pennsylvania and this week's C. Harper Auto Group Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy matchup between Bethel Park and Peters Township features plenty of playoff implications, live at 7 p.m. Friday on 22 the Point.

Peters Township (6-2) and Bethel Park (5-2) enter Week 8 deadlocked with Upper St. Clair and West Allegheny as one-loss teams in the Class 5A Allegheny 8 Conference. This matchup along with the regular season finale results next week will decide the top seeds entering the WPIAL playoffs.

"This will be a classic high school football game between good friends, rivals and neighbors," Bethel Park Head Coach Jeff Metheny tells 22 the Point

"We have great respect for them and we are looking forward to the challenge."

Peters Township enters Week 8 coming off of back-to-back wins over Moon and Chartiers Valley, while Bethel Park comes into the contest riding a three-game winning streak, including a 28-7 win last week over Baldwin.

Head coach T. J. Plack's Indians are riding a wave of momentum from a year ago when they secured their best record in over a decade, finishing 7-4 in Class 6A. Now playing in Class 5A and led by returning all-conference junior running Adrian Williams and a veteran offensive line, Peters Township has already improved on its 2017 mark.

Bethel Park won a conference title last season in Class 6A. Now in 5A, the Black Hawks haven't missed a beat, dropping just two games so far, two tough one-point losses to West Allegheny and Central Catholic.

With a victory this week on Friday Night Rivals, one of these programs will take a major step, laying the groundwork for a deep 2018 postseason run.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

WATCH: 22 the Point (WPNT) (Comcast 812, Dish/DirecTV 22, Verizon FiOS 510, Armstrong 105, Atlantic Broadband 707, Laurel Highlands 422, Citizens 812, Consolidated 710, Shentel 207, Time/Warner 1022)

ONLINE: The broadcast will stream on http://22thepoint.com/.

ANNOUNCERS: Josh Maurer (play-by-play), Geoff Arnold (analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines).

SOCIAL MEDIA: #FridayNightRivalsPGH, @22ThePoint, @JordanC_WPGH.

2018 PITTSBURGH FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON 22 THE POINT, WPNT-TV***

Friday Oct 19 Bethel Park at Peters Township

Friday Oct 26 Pine-Richland at North Allegheny

WHERE TO WATCH: October 20th

Oct 20 Howard at Morgan State 7 pm

National platform (86 million HHs)

ESPN3 (Accessible on line at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ESPN3 also airs on DirecTV with the ESPN app—available to 20 million DirecTV subscribers—and on Xfinity with Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Baltimore DMA (1.1 million HHs)

WBAL 11.2 Me TV (11.2 over-the-air, Comcast 208/HD 1169, Anne Arundel 165, Atlantic Broadband 520, Armstrong 92/453, Easton Utilities 91Verizon FiOS 460, Dish Network 247)

Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Carlisle DMA (614,000 HHs)

WHP 21.2 My Network (21.1 over-the-air, Comcast 19, Armstrong 15, Blue Ridge 133, Nittany 99, Verizon 21, DirecTV 22)

Pittsburgh DMA (1.1 million HHs)

WPNT 22 The Point(22 over-the-air, Comcast SD 10/HD 812, Comcast Clarion SD 12/HD 812, Armstrong SD 22/HD 105, Atlantic Broadband SD 8/HD 707, Citizens SD 12/HD 812, Time Warner SD 22/HD 1022, Verizon SD 10/ HD 510, Consolidated SD 10/HD 710, DirecTV & Dish Network 22) 16 Counties in Western PA and northern WV

Johnstown, Altoona, State College DMA (207,000 HHs)

WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15)

Erie DMA (141,000 HHs)

Erie News Now ENN+ ( 35.3 over-the-air) Erie

Delay & Replay Sunday October 21 1 am

Washington D.C. DMA (2.5 million HHs)

WDCW 50 CW (50 over-the-air, Comcast 803, Verizon FiOS 503, DirecTV 50) Washington D.C.

Delay & Replay Saturday October 20 Midnight, Monday October 22 7 am

Cleveland, Erie, Youngstown, Columbus, Buffalo, Akron, Toledo, Charleston DMAs (2.6 million HHs)

SPORTS TIME OHIO (Erie Time Warner 21-23/HD308-1308, Armstrong 47/HD177, Sharon Time Warner 76/HD 308-1308, DirecTV 662, Dish Network 431)

State College hosts Altoona in first meeting since 2009 on Friday Night Rivals

WJAC’s Friday Night Rivals presented by your Local Honda Dealers moves to Week 9 with the State College Little Lions hosting the Altoona Mountain Lions on Friday Night.

The Little Lions bounced back after falling to Harrisburg with a 35-28 victory over Central Dauphin on Friday night. Tommy Friberg threw for two touchdowns and added one on the ground in the State College win. After losing to Cumberland Valley 24-21, the Mountain Lions have dropped two straight to fall to 3-5 this season.

Matt Lintal’s offense has thrived in State College this season, averaging over 35 points per game this season. Friberg has been efficient, completing 66 percent of his throws for 1,459 yards and 15 touchdown passes. Friberg has added 236 yards and an additional four scores on the ground. Dresyn Green had a massive game Friday night and has now accumulated 287 yards and four scores on the ground. Isaiah Edwards remains the leading rusher despite missing the last two games. Highly touted collegiate prospect Keaton Ellis has pulled in 31 catches for 493 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cohen Russell averages an insane 26.1 yards per catch and has pulled in five scores.

The Altoona offense averages just over 26 points per game this season, led by quarterback Connor McCarthy. McCarthy has thrown for 1,142 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He has been turnover prone with ten interceptions. Leading runner Mitchell Lawhead has 717 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. McCarthy has added 268 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns as well. Connor Adams has been a favorite target of McCarthy’s with 39 receptions for 538 yards and six touchdowns. Lawhead has added 247 receiving yards and four touchdowns to his 1,000 plus yards on the ground.

Tyson Brennan leads the Little Lions defense with 48 tackles on the season. Sammy Knipe averages over six tackles per game for State College as well. Nathan Lusk has terrorized quarterbacks with four sacks. The Little Lions have forced 15 turnovers, six of them by Ellis. Lusk has added two interceptions to go with his four sacks.

The Altoona defense has struggled, allowing nearly 29 points per game. Isaiah Barnes and Lawhead have both scored defensive touchdowns for the Mountain Lions this year.

State College sits in second place in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth at 4-1, behind Harrisburg at 5-0. Harrisburg is the lone team to defeat State College this season. Altoona sits in seventh out of eight at 1-4 in conference play. In a loaded field, State College is one of 12 7-1 teams in Class AAAAAA football.

After back-to-back 2-8 seasons, Nick Felus has already improved Altoona’s record in his first season. State College is in search of their third straight ten win season and have the talent and aspirations for more in 2018. State College has won five of their last six against Altoona, with the last meeting coming back in 2009, a 36-7 win.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19

WATCH: WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15) Johnstown/Altoona/State College

ONLINE:

ANNOUNCERS: Rick Hull (play-by-play), Varun Raghupathi (analyst), Ryan Stanko (sidelines).

 2018 JOHNSTOWN FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON WJAC Me TV

Friday Oct 19 Altoona Area at State College Area

Friday Oct 26 Bishop Guilfoyle at Bishop McCort

Milton Hershey welcomes Camp Hill in Week 9 FNR matchup

HARRISBURG – CBS 21’s Friday Night Rivals Presented by Faulkner Subaru season nears its end as Milton Hershey hosts Camp Hill for Week 9 Friday night at 7 p.m. on CBS 21.

A battle of two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum, 7-1 Milton Hershey and 1-7 Camp Hill both come off victories on Friday night. After picking up their first loss two weeks ago, the Spartans bounced back with a 28-14 road win over Palmyra. After an 0-7 start, the Lions picked up win number one, a 26-21 triumph over Boiling Springs. Greg Labine threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns in the win for Camp Hill.

A run-first football team, Milton Hershey has a stable of talented backs led by Chiago Anyanwu. Anyanwu averages nearly ten yards per carry, amassing 1,110 yards and 12 touchdowns. Naeem Cross has flourished as well, rushing for 562 yards and seven touchdowns. The trio of runners is completed with Dion Bryant. On just 23 carries, Bryant has rushed for 413 yards and three scores. For those of you interested in the math, that’s 17.9 yards per carry. The Spartans have attempted just 50 passes as a team this year. When they do throw it is generally Tigere Mavesere who has thrown for 319 yards and six touchdowns. Jaidyn Parris is the leading receiver with 15 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns.

The Camp Hill offense has averaged just 13 points per game on the season, doubling that number in the win on Friday. Daniel Shuster has attempted the most passes this season for the Lions, but it was Labine under center on Friday night. Labine has completed 49 of his 89 throws for 615 yards and six touchdowns. The Lions have struggled running the ball, averaging just 69 rushing yards per game. Frank Shartle II is the leading rusher with 309 yards and a touchdown on 80 carries. Labine is second on the team with 111 yards. Three different receiving options have at least 19 receptions and 196 yards for Camp Hill. Connor Trumpy is the yardage leader with 18 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns. Shartle leads the team with 19 receptions on the year.

Defensively, Tim Bigelow’s Lions are led by Cole and Grant Bayesa. Both players average at least seven tackles per game for the Lions with Cole averaging nearly ten. The Lions are forcing just over one turnover per game with nine takeaways in eight games this season. Amber Horner, Paul Parise and Max Delaye have all come away with two takeaways this season. Josh Parra has been quite the playmaker defensively for Jeff Boger’s Spartans taking back two picks and two fumbles for touchdowns this season. The Spartans are allowing just under 13 points per game on the season.

Looking at the MId-Penn Capital Division, Hershey sits in a tie for second place at 4-1. Middletown, one of three 7-1 overall teams in the division, is the lone conference undefeated at 5-0. Hershey’s lone loss this season came in a 32-21 defeat to the Blue Raiders. Camp Hill is tied with the team they recently defeated, Boiling Springs, at 1-4. Milton Hershey is one of nine 7-1 teams in the AAAA playoff race.

This could be a historic year for the Milton Hershey program. A win would help them towards winning nine games in a season for the first time since a 9-3 2014 season. The Spartans haven’t reached double digit wins in the last 15 years. Since 2015, Camp Hill has dropped from 12 wins to seven then to four and now to one so far in 2018. Milton Hershey has won eight of the last nine in the series with Camp Hill, the Lions lone win in that stretch coming back in 2015. Milton Hershey won last year’s contest 23-13.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19th

WATCH: CBS 21

ONLINE: local21news.com/watch

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Collin Riccobon (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines).

2018 HARRISBURG FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON CBS 21, WHP

Friday Oct 19 Camp Hill at Milton Hershey

Friday Oct 26 Central Dauphin at CD East

Howard travles to Morgan State after dominating home opener of STN's MEAC College Game of Week

After hosting their first home game of the season, the Howard Bison travel to Morgan State for a MEAC battle on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Both teams are coming off victories on Saturday, with the Bison rolling over Delaware State 55-13 and the Bears taking down Savannah State 18-11. Caylin Newton led a Howard offense that put up 529 yards of total offense in the win, throwing for 313 yards and five touchdowns and adding a team-high 58 yards on the ground. Corey Holmes fell on the ball in the end zone to give Morgan State a lead they wouldn’t give back with 5:21 left in the 3rd quarter.

With the win, Howard improved to 2-3 on the year and 2-1 in the MEAC. Newton continues to impress in his sophomore season, throwing for 1,593 yards and 15 scores. The team’s leading rusher, Newton has added over 300 yards on the ground as well. Mike London’s squad uses a stable of backs, issuing at least 16 carries to five different running backs. Khalid Dorsey leads the quintet with 169 yards and a score. Wielding arguably the top pair of pass catchers in the MEAC, Jequez Ezzard and Kyle Anthony, the passing offense has clicked under Newton. The big play threat, Ezzard has 28 catches for 737 yards and eight touchdowns, including three on Saturday. Anthony has 31 catches for 398 yards and four scores.

Not quite as big a threat as the Bison offensively, the Bears average just 16 points per game. Quarterback DeAndre Harris has completed just over 50 percent of his throws for 743 yards and four scores. Similar to Newton, the MSU quarterback is also the leading rusher for his team with 260 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Joshua Chase, William King and Jordan Riggins have all had at least 42 carries and 129 yards this season. Getting steadier playing time, Corey Holmes leads the receiving group with 13 catches and 166 yards.

Even with a much better defensive performance on Saturday, the Bison are still giving up 36 points per game. Marcellos Allen leads the bunch with 30 tackles this season. Up front, Zamon Robinson has picked up six tackles for loss and four sacks this season. The Bison defense has forced eight turnovers this season with Tye Freeland, Devin Hurtado and Jalen Smith having all picked off passes.

Damare’ Whitaker continues to thrive defensively, racking up 52 tackles so far this year with three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Ian McBorrough and Rico Kennedy round out a fantastic linebacking unit. McBorrough has 39 tackles this season with five tackles for loss and four sacks. Always a threat in the backfield, Kennedy has 34 tackles, six for loss and 2.5 sacks. With 15 turnovers forced, Ernest T. Jones defense has been opportunistic. Donte Small leads the turnover charge with four picks.

Last season at Greene Stadium, Howard picked up a 39-14 victory over the Bears. Morgan State won the last matchup in Baltimore 28-24. Morgan State leads the all-time series 43-27-1, winning ten of the last 13.

TIME: Saturday, October 20th, 7 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WBAL 11.2 Me TV, WHP 21.2 My Network, WPNT 22 The Point, WJAC 6.2 Me TV, Erie News Now (ENN+),

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Emory Hunt (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines)

Hopewell, Central Valley matchup returns to spotlight on Friday Night Rivals

PITTSBURGH -- When it comes to Western Pennsylvania high school football rivalries, Hopewell versus Central Valley is one of the newer matchups with an old school feel. The two Beaver County programs will take center stage when the C. Harper Auto Group Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy season continues this week live on 22 the Point.

The two schools separated by less than eight miles are making a return to the spotlight, following a 2011 matchup that featured two of the top WPIAL players of all time - Hopewell's Rushel Shell (West Virginia) and Central Valley's Robert Foster (Alabama) - a game that aired nationally on ESPN and allowed a rivalry to be born.

In this 2018 edition the two sides enter with identical 2-5 records, both rebuilding with young but promising rosters.

"You can throw out the records in this game, anything can happen," Central Valley Head Coach Mark Lyons told 22 the Point. 

"There is something different during the week from the players' focus, to the student body excitement throughout the school."

Lyons - a 30-year coaching veteran - started the Central Valley program in 2010, with Hopewell winning the first matchup 26-22. The Warriors have won the last seven meetings, including a 38-16 victory last season.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

WATCH: 22 the Point (WPNT) (Comcast 812, Dish/DirecTV 22, Verizon FiOS 510, Armstrong 105, Atlantic Broadband 707, Laurel Highlands 422, Citizens 812, Consolidated 710, Shentel 207, Time/Warner 1022)

ONLINE: The broadcast will stream on http://22thepoint.com/.

ANNOUNCERS: Josh Maurer (play-by-play), Geoff Arnold (analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines).

SOCIAL MEDIA: #FridayNightRivalsPGH, @22ThePoint, @JordanC_WPGH.

2018 PITTSBURGH FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON 22 THE POINT, WPNT-TV***

Friday Oct 12 Hopewell at Central Valley

Friday Oct 19 Bethel Park at Peters Township

Friday Oct 26 Pine-Richland at North Allegheny

WHERE TO WATCH: October 13th

Oct 13                     Delaware State at Howard                                                 1 pm

National platform (86 million HHs)

ESPN3 (Accessible on line at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ESPN3 also airs on DirecTV with the ESPN app—available to 20 million DirecTV subscribers—and on Xfinity with Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Washington D.C. DMA (2.5 million HHs)

WDCW 50 CW (50 over-the-air, Comcast 803, Verizon FiOS 503, DirecTV 50) Washington D.C.

Philadelphia, Harrisburg & Wilkes-Barre/Scranton DMAs (3.6 million HHs)

WPHL 17 My Network (17 over-the-air, Comcast Philadelphia 17, Comcast Delco 7, Comcast Lancaster 7,  Service Electric 4, Verizon Fios 17, Dish Network 17, DirecTV 17) Philadelphia/Lehigh Valley/South Jersey/Harrisburg/Lancaster/Pottsville

October 13          East Stroudsburg at Bloomsburg                                                      2 pm

National platform (86 million HHs)

ESPN3 (Accessible on line at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ESPN3 also airs on DirecTV with the ESPN app—available to 20 million DirecTV subscribers—and on Xfinity with Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, East Stroudsburg, Williamsport DMA (523,000 HHs)

WSWB CW 38 (38 over-the-air, Comcast 7/HD807, Service Electric 11/HD511, Blue Ridge 11/HD607, Adams 11/HD503, DirecTV 38, Dish Network 38)

Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Carlisle DMA (614,000 HHs)

WHP 21.2 My Network (21.1 over-the-air, Comcast 19, Armstrong 15, Blue Ridge 133, Nittany 99, Verizon 21, DirecTV 22)

Pittsburgh DMA (1.1 million HHs)

WPNT 22 The Point(22 over-the-air, Comcast SD 10/HD 812, Comcast Clarion SD 12/HD 812, Armstrong SD 22/HD 105, Atlantic Broadband SD 8/HD 707, Citizens SD 12/HD 812, Time Warner SD 22/HD 1022, Verizon SD 10/ HD 510, Consolidated SD 10/HD 710, DirecTV & Dish Network 22) 16 Counties in Western PA and northern WV

Johnstown, Altoona, State College DMA (207,000 HHs)

WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15)

BLUE RIDGE CABLE NETWORK (BRC 113, BRC 11, BRC 13) Poconos, Eastern and Northern PA

Erie DMA (141,000 HHs)

Erie News Now ENN+ (35.3 over-the-air)

Howard Bison host Delaware State in MEAC tilt on STN's College Game of the Week

Howard University (1-3) hosts Delaware State (0-5) on STN’s College Game of the Week this Saturday afternoon.

Howard, while a deceiving 1-3 due to their early season schedule, dropped Saturday’s contest 40-35 to North Carolina Central. The Bison took a 35-34 lead with 6:19 left on a Khalid Dorsey touchdown run, before allowing a NCCU score with 24 seconds left to steal a victory. Delaware State couldn’t slow down Lamar Raynard and the NC A&T offense en route to a 34-6 loss, their fifth straight defeat to start the year.

Mike London’s offense has been strong this season with the Bison averaging over 30 points per game. The yardage numbers have been even better, with the Bison putting up 509.8 yards per contest. Caylin Newton, brother of Cam, is obviously a huge part of that. Newton is averaging 320 yards per game through the air, throwing ten touchdowns and six interceptions. Newton has added another 63 yards per game on the ground and a score, accounting for over 380 yards per game by himself. Khalid Dorsey, leads the running back trio with 137 yards and a touchdown. One of the best WR duos at this level, Jequez Ezzard and Kyle Anthony have flourished with Newton. Ezzard leads with 546 yards and five touchdowns while Anthony leads with 28 receptions and has added three touchdowns.

The Hornet offense hasn’t been good so far this year, averaging just 11.6 points per game. The offense is accumulating just under 260 yards per game. Keenan Black, a dual threat QB, has thrown for just 432 yards this season, while adding 138 yards and a score on the ground. Mike Waters has been the main back with 83 carries and 338 yards this season. Trey Gross leads the team with 18 receptions and 264 yards while catching both passing touchdowns.

The Bison defense has struggled, allowing nearly 42 points per game. With two FBS teams on the schedule, those numbers are slightly skewed, but NCCU was able to do much of the same against the Howard defense. Howard is allowing nearly 470 yards of total offense per game. Howard has forced seven turnovers on the defensive side of the ball this year. Zamon Robinson leads the group up front with four tackles for loss and three sacks. Tye Freeland has an interception and five PBU’s while Marcellos Allen leads the team with 25 tackles.

Somehow, the Hornet defense has been even less effective, allowing nearly 50 points per game and over 400 yards. Not able to cause pressure or force turnovers, the defense has been stuck on the field and gashed when on it. As a unit, The Hornets have registered just a single sack and forced a single turnover. Cavicante has been strong, registering 50 tackles and an impressive ten tackles for loss. On a bright note, the Hornets have blocked three kicks this season.

7-4 a year ago, Howard routed the Hornets in last year’s matchup 52-23. Newton racked up 366 total yards in the win with both Anthony and Ezzard going for over 100 yards. Gross had a big game in the loss, totaling 154 yards and two touchdowns through the air. The Bison have won the last two meetings between the teams.

TIME: Saturday, October 13th, 1 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WDCW 50 CW, WPHL 17 My Network

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Emory Hunt (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines)

PSAC matchup features Huskies and Warriors on STN's College Game of the Week

Bloomsburg hosts East Stroudsburg in PSAC matchup after pair of disappointing starts to the season.

The Huskies, sitting at 2-5 after a 17-14 loss to undefeated West Chester, will look to rebound and get back to their winning ways against the 1-5 Warriors. Bloomsburg led 14-3 at the half against the Rams, before relenting a touchdown in each of the final two quarters, capped off by a 26-yard A.J. Long touchdown pass with 10:41 remaining. The Huskies turned it over on downs with 42 seconds left to play, clinching the Rams win.

ESU is hoping to turn things around as Denny Dowds’ squad has dropped four straight after a brutal 35-33 defeat to ranked Kutztown. The Warriors last three losses have all come by three points or less. Ben Moser found Anthony Guarino for a 38-yard score with 45 seconds left, but the tying two-point conversion attempt failed. ESU scored 20 4th quarter points in the rally effort.

Paul Darragh’s bunch is still struggling a bit on the offensive side of the football, averaging just 18 points per game in 2018. The yardage numbers have been low as well, with the unit gaining just over 280 yards per contest. The Huskies could look to get off to better starts, being outscored 27-13 in the 1st quarter this year.

Erik Benjamin’s completion percentage sits under 48 percent on the season, throwing for 780 yards and five touchdowns. Benjamin has added five rushing touchdowns despite negative rushing yardage. Three backs have at least 45 carries and at least 250 yards on the ground for the Huskies. Hakeem Sillman leads the trio with 69 carries and 339 yards, but both Alex Gooden and Qmac Quiteh average more yards per carry and 5.4 and 5.5 respectively. Bloom is running for over 150 yards a game while only throwing for 130. Michael Allen is the leading receiver with 24 catches for 268 yards and three of the five scores through the air. Allen has at least two receptions in every game with a season-high seven coming against Kutztown two weeks ago.

ESU’s offense hasn’t been a big issue for Coach Dowds, averaging nearly 28 points per contest and racking up nearly 400 yards. Ben Moser has stepped back into the quarterbacking role after losing time to Jake Cirillo earlier in the year. Cirillo threw 13 passes on Saturday, but Moser took over throwing for 286 yards and three scores. Moser has to take better care of the football, throwing ten interceptions to eight touchdown passes. Jaymar Anderson continues his strong season, rushing for 637 yards and eight scores after another 100-yard output against Kutztown. Jylil Reeder is the favorite target with 27 receptions, 529 yards and five scores. R.J. Sarajian and Guarino each have three receiving touchdowns.

The blame for Bloom’s uncharacteristic struggles can’t be blamed on the defensive side of the ball. The unit has been solid, allowing 22.7 points per game and 336.8 yards of offense per game after holding high-powered West Chester to 17 points. The Huskies have forced 11 turnovers, picking off eight passes this season. Dexter Jordan and Marquis Seamon have been ballhawks with three interceptions each. Jordan also has a fumble recovery, giving him four takeaways this season. Nate Monroe and Alex Annan lead the front seven, registering 50 and 48 tackles respectively. Chris Gary has 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

The blame for East Stroudsburg’s struggles can be blamed on the defensive side of the ball. The Warriors are allowing teams to rack up over 530 yards of offense per game, while scoring 37 points per contest. Allowing 222 points this season, the unit has given 127 first half points this year. They have forced seven turnovers, led by two interceptions and a fumble forced by Billy Inge III. Joshua Taylor leads the team with 43 tackles and has added an interception and a blocked kick.

A matchup with plenty of history, ESU leads the all-time series 44-42-2. Last year’s contest was a 38-28 Bloomsburg victory as the Huskies have won back-to-back games and look to make it three straight. Bloomsburg needs a win if they hope to avoid the first losing season of the Darragh era while Coach Dowds’ team will try to turn three straight close losses into their second win of the season.

TIME: Saturday, October 13th, 2 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WSWB CW 38, WHP 21.2 My Network, WPNT 22 The Point, WJAC 6.2 MeTV, BLUE RIDGE CABLE NETWORK, Erie News Now (ENN+)

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Geoff Arnold (play-by-play), Colin Riccobon (analyst), Varun Raghupathi (sidelines)

Pair of 5-2 teams headline Week 8 of Friday Night Rivals

WJAC’s Friday Night Rivals presented by your Local Honda Dealers continues with a battle of 5-2 opponents in Week 8 as Bishop Guilfoyle battles Forest Hills.

Bishop Guilfoyle heads into Friday Night’s matchup at 5-2 after a disappointing 42-0 loss against Richland, Friday night. Forest Hills enters the game in prime form, ripping off their fourth straight victory, a 49-6 triumph over Central Cambria.

The Marauders, coached by Justin Wheeler, are an impressive 4-0 on the road this season, heading into Friday’s road contest. Signal caller Danny Carrieri has thrown for 605 yards and four touchdowns, while completing 51 percent of his throws. Also a threat on the ground, Carrieri leads the team with 47 rushing attempts, gaining 193 yards and adding five touchdowns. Keegan Myrick and Caleb Crawford are the main threats in the backfield, running for 243 and 166 yards each. Daniel Potopa leads the team with 22 receptions for 412 yards and three scores. Dominic Pulcinello has added 163 yards through the air and a pair of receiving touchdowns.

Don Bailey is the head man of the 5-2 Rangers, looking to continue their hot streak on Friday. Forest Hills will throw it around the yard, led by Adam Cecere who has completed 50 percent of his throws for 1,601 yards and 11 touchdowns without an interception. Cecere has 274 yards and nine more touchdowns running the ball. Dylan Fyock leads the team with 400 yards and five touchdowns. Forrest Wolfhope and Jake Shope have been difficult to contain. Both averaging at least 21 yards per catch on at 26 and 25 catches respectively. The pair have caught seven of the 11 touchdowns this year.

Paul Liebal leads the Bishop Guilfoyle defense averaging over ten tackles per game. He has added nine tackles for loss this season, while AJ Abraham has added 11 tackles for loss on 8.2 tackles per game. Abraham has five sacks this year while Andrew Yanoshak and Cameron Maloney have three sacks a piece. The Marauders have forced 21 turnovers, picking off 15 passes. Michael McCall has forced five turnovers, picking off four passes and adding a fumble recovery. Pulcinello has three picks and a fumble recovery as well.

Defensively, Jason Wissinger averages over ten tackles per game for Forest Hills, racking up 72 total. Aidan Balasco and Anthony Zangaglia have three sacks each for the Rangers. The Rangers have forced 14 turnovers with six different players intercepting a pass.

This is a massive matchup to help create separation in the Laurel Highlands conference as the teams are tied for third at 5-2. 11-2 a year ago, Forest Hills is looking to use this current streak in hopes of matching last year’s success. While hard to consider 5-2 a letdown, after an undefeated regular season last year, Guilfoyle hasn’t been quite as good in 2018.

Bishop Guilfoyle has won six straight over the Rangers and seven of the last 11 meetings. Last year’s meeting was a 24-21 victory for the Marauders.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12

WATCH: WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15) Johnstown/Altoona/State College

ONLINE:

ANNOUNCERS: Rick Hull (play-by-play), Varun Raghupathi (analyst), Ryan Stanko (sidelines).

 

2018 JOHNSTOWN FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON WJAC Me TV

Friday Oct 12 Bishop Guilfoyle at Forest Hills

Friday Oct 19 Altoona Area at State College Area

Friday Oct 26 Bishop Guilfoyle at Bishop McCort

Bishop McDevitt hosts Hershey in Mid-Penn Keystone matchup on Friday Night Rivals

HARRISBURG – CBS 21’s Friday Night Rivals Presented by Faulkner Subaru season continues in Week 8 as Hershey hits the road to face off with Bishop McDevitt.

The Hershey Trojans enter the matchup with a 2-5 record after a 48-7 loss at Cedar Cliff on Friday night. After a first quarter score, the Trojans were kept out of the end zone for the duration of the contest. McDevitt sits at 6-1 on the season after a big 56-7 trounce over Lower Dauphin.

2-2 in conference play, the Trojans sit in fourth place in the Mid Penn Keystone Division. Jay Rodriguez leads Frank Isenberg’s offense in both passing and rushing yards this season. Rodriguez enters with 269 yards and two passing touchdowns while adding 390 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Nathan Lopez and Sam Carlson have added 145 and 142 yards on the ground respectively out of the backfield. Joey Allegrini and Glojere Hampton are tied for the team lead with 11 receptions each.

Chase Diehl continues to lead the Bishop McDevitt offense through the air, completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,218 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. Turning to the ground more often than earlier this season, CJ Reyes-Diggs has been a workhorse as of late, averaging over ten yards per carry on the year. Reyes-Diggs leads the team with 604 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Sophomore Dedrick Tinker has added over 200 yards on the ground and three scores. Syracuse commit Nazir Burnett has 46 catches for 1,071 yards and 16 touchdowns. Burnett is averaging over 23 yards a catch and has been essentially unguardable for defensive backs, racking up over 150 yards per game.

Devyn Clair and Dray Donley lead the McDevitt defense with 41 and 46 tackles respectively. Donley has been a mainstay in the backfield with 12 tackles for loss and four sacks. Marquin McArthur-Melendez has added three sacks on the defensive front. Ben Marsico has four interceptions on the season, leading a defense that has forced just 12 turnovers in seven games.

Off last year’s 10-3 record, McDevitt is primed to go even further in 2018 only falling in an instant classic contest to Cedar Cliff earlier this season. After winning just one game in each of the last two seasons, Hershey has already matched those two wins this season, but will be heavily tested for the second week in a row.

Bishop McDevitt is 9-0 against Hershey since 2010, holding Hershey to ten points or less in seven of the nine games.

IME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12th

WATCH: CBS 21

ONLINE: local21news.com/watch

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Collin Riccobon (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines).

2018 HARRISBURG FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON CBS 21, WHP

Friday Oct 12 Hershey at Bishop McDevitt

Friday Oct 19 Camp Hill at Milton Hershey

Friday Oct 26 Central Dauphin at CD East

Morgan State looks to start winning streak as SCSU comes to town for Homecoming

Coming off a massive upset, Morgan State returns home to battle South Carolina State on Homecoming in Baltimore, Saturday afternoon.

The Bears, fresh off a bye week, defeated top-5 ranked North Carolina A&T 16-13 back on September 22nd. Alex Raya’s third field goal of the day won the game as time expired for the Bears from 36 yards out. The Bears defense was fierce, holding A&T to just 208 yards of total offense. DeAndre Harris threw for 138 yards while adding 45 rushing yards and a score in the victory.

Speaking of the Aggies, South Carolina State fell to North Carolina A&T on Saturday in a 31-16 contest. The Bulldogs led 16-10 at halftime, hoping to be the second team in two weeks to pick up their first win of the year against the national ranked Aggies, but A&T dominated the second half. SCSU racked up less than 200 yards of total offense, falling to 0-4 this season.

This will be the 39th meeting all-time between the two sides. SCSU has dominated the all-time series, winning 31 of the 38 previous matchups. The Bulldogs have won ten of the last 11 meetings, but Morgan State won the last meeting in Baltimore back in 2014. The Bulldogs came away victorious last season with a 35-14 victory in Orangeburg.

This year’s contest is shaping up to be a defensive struggle based on the early season numbers. The Bears are putting up just over 15 points per game while SCSU has been held to just over a touchdown per game at a 7.2 average.

Ernest T. Jones’ offense, led by DeAndre Harris, is putting up just 238.5 yards of total offense per game. Not a team that looks to throw all that often, Harris has attempted under 20 throws per contest, throwing for 443 yards and two touchdowns this season. Harris has been effective with his legs, supplementing his passing numbers with 142 yards and two more scores on the ground. Joshua Chase and Jordan Riggins have received the brunt of the work from the backfield with Chase being the more effective back. Chase has picked up 194 yards and a touchdown. Manasseh Bailey is the leading receiver with eight receptions for 141 yards and both of the team’s receiving touchdowns this year.

Longtime Bulldog Head Coach Buddy Pough’s offense hasn’t gotten the wheels turning just yet this season. Even lower than the Bears 238.5, the Bulldogs offense is amassing just 229.8 yards of total offense per game. Dual threat QB, Tyrece Nick, is completing under 45 percent of his throws for 356 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, he has added another 259 yards and a touchdown. Datron James is the lead back, but has added just 104 yards on 39 carries for the Bulldogs. When the Bulldogs do go to the air, they look for big plays through De’mo Burroughs(23.67 per catch) and Quan Caldwell (31.67 per catch).

Defensively, the Bears have allowed 363.5 yards per contest and conceded 30 points per game to the opposition. Damare’ Whitaker has been strong for the Bears, leading the MEAC with 40 tackles in four games this season. Rico Kennedy is putting together another solid season with 24 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this year. The Bears defense has kept the team in games by forcing 12 turnovers this season, nine interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Donte Small has been all over it in the secondary, intercepting four passes and breaking up another six.

SCSCU has struggled on that side of the ball as well, allowing over 470 yards of total offense per game and just over 30 points per game. Decobie Durant leads the Bulldogs with 23 tackles and an interception this season. The Bulldogs have forced a respectable eight turnovers in five games this year, with four picks and four recoveries. Lane Jones, Chris Adams and Alex Brown have also intercepted passes this season.

In danger of just the fourth losing season in the Buddy Pough era, South Carolina State will travel in hopes of picking up their first win of the season. Morgan State with a week of rest after their upset victory is in hopes of starting the first winning streak under Coach Jones.

TIME: Saturday, October 6th, 1 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WBAL 11.2 MeTV, WACH 57.2 Stadium

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Emory Hunt (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines)

WHERE TO WATCH: OCT 6

Oct 6 Edinboro at Mercyhurst Noon

National Platforms

ESPN 3 - http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3438444/edinboro-vs-mercyhurst-football

(Accessible on line to more than 86 million households at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ALSO airing on Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Erie DMA (141,000 HHs)

WSEE CW 35.2 (35.2 over-the-air Erie, Meadville, Titusville, Warren, Cleveland, Akron, Canton; Spectrum Erie 3;  Armstrong Meadville 16; Armstrong Titusville 13; Armstrong Erie 3/807; Atlantic Warren 4; Coax Edinboro 3; Dish Network 3/7048; DirecTV 36)

Pittsburgh DMA (1.1 million HHs)

WPNT 22 The Point(22 over-the-air, Comcast SD 10/HD 812, Comcast Clarion SD 12/HD 812, Armstrong SD 22/HD 105, Atlantic Broadband SD 8/HD 707, Citizens SD 12/HD 812, Time Warner SD 22/HD 1022, Verizon SD 10/ HD 510, Consolidated SD 10/HD 710, DirecTV & Dish Network 22) 16 Counties in Western PA and northern WV

Johnstown, Altoona, State College DMA (207,000 HHs)

WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15)

Delay & Replay Saturday October 6 4:30 pm

Cleveland, Erie, Youngstown, Columbus, Buffalo, Akron, Toledo, Charleston DMAs (2.6 million HHs)

SPORTS TIME OHIO (Erie Time Warner 21-23/HD308-1308, Armstrong 47/HD177, Sharon Time Warner 76/HD 308-1308, DirecTV 662, Dish Network 431)

Oct 6 South Carolina State at Morgan State 1 pm

National Platforms

ESPN 3 - http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3435468/south-carolina-state-vs-morgan-state-football

(Accessible on line to more than 86 million households at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ALSO airing on Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Baltimore DMA (1.1 million HHs)

WBAL 11.2 Me TV (11.2 over-the-air, Comcast 208/HD 1169, Anne Arundel 165, Atlantic Broadband 520, Armstrong 92/453, Easton Utilities 91, Verizon FiOS 460, Dish Network 247) Baltimore/ Annapolis/Carroll-Harford-Howard Counties

Columbia, South Carolina DMA (390,000 HHs)

WACH 57.2 Stadium (57.2 over-the-air, Spectrum 1250)

Delay & Replay Saturday October 6 7 pm & Sunday October 7 11:30 pm

Cleveland, Erie, Youngstown, Columbus, Buffalo, Akron, Toledo, Charleston DMAs (2.6 million HHs)

SPORTS TIME OHIO (Erie Time Warner 21-23/HD308-1308, Armstrong 47/HD177, Sharon Time Warner 76/HD 308-1308, DirecTV 662, Dish Network 431)

October 6 West Chester at Bloomsburg 2 pm

National Platforms

ESPN 3 - http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3438270/west-chester-vs-bloomsburg-football

(Accessible on line to more than 86 million households at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ALSO airing on Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, East Stroudsburg, Williamsport DMA (523,000 HHs)

WSWB CW 38 (38 over-the-air, Comcast 7/HD807, Service Electric 11/HD511, Blue Ridge 11/HD607, Adams 11/HD503, DirecTV 38, Dish Network 38)

Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Carlisle DMA (614,000 HHs)

WHP 21.2 My Network(21.1 over-the-air, Comcast 19, Armstrong 15, Blue Ridge 133, Nittany 99, Verizon 21, DirecTV 22)

Philadelphia DMA (2.9 million HHs)

WFMZ 69 (69 over-the-air, Blue Ridge Berks 2, Blue Ridge Poconos 4, Blue Ridge Lancaster 9, Cablevision 26, Comcast Plymouth Meeting 5, Comcast Reading 9, Comcast Pottsville 11, Comcast Lehigh Valley 13, Comcast Princeton 15, Comcast New Jersey 18-19-82-83-99-257, Comcast Suburban Philadelphia 14-15-16-17, Comcast Philadelphia 19-27-55-59, Comcast Delaware 69, RCN Lehigh Valley 7, RCN New Jersey 13, RCN Philadelphia 19, Service Electric Lehigh Valley 8, Service Electric Berks 11, Service Electric Schuylkill/Hazleton 10, Urban Cable Works Philadelphia 55, Verizon Fios 15/HD 515, DirecTV 69, Dish Network 69)

BLUE RIDGE CABLE NETWORK (BRC 113, BRC 11, BRC 13) Poconos, Eastern and Northern PA

Delay & Replay Sunday October 7 10 am, Monday October 8 7 am & 11 am & Thursday October 11 7 am

Cleveland, Erie, Youngstown, Columbus, Buffalo, Akron, Toledo, Charleston DMAs (2.6 million HHs)

SPORTS TIME OHIO (Erie Time Warner 21-23/HD308-1308, Armstrong 47/HD177, Sharon Time Warner 76/HD 308-1308, DirecTV 662, Dish Network 431)

Friday Night Rivals Week 6 showdown pits Gateway against Franklin Regional

PITTSBURGH -- Class 5A could prove to be the strongest in the WPIAL this season and two of the top teams will be featured this week when the C. Harper Auto Group Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy season continues with Gateway facing Franklin Regional.

The Panthers host the Gators in a matchup of undefeated teams, live at 7 p.m. on 22 the Pointand streaming live on 22thepoint.com.

After winning a WPIAL championship a season ago, Gateway is off to a 6-0 start and enters as one of the top-ranked Class 5A teams in the state. Returning double-digit starters including Syracuse wide receiver commit Courtney Jackson, the Gators haven't been tested yet, outscoring opponents 273-34 through six games. Gateway is coming off of back-to-back shutouts over Ringgold and North Hills.

“This matchup is both a great challenge and a great opportunity for our program," Gateway Head Coach Don Holl told 22 the Point.

"I have a ton of respect for Coach Botta, his coaches and players, and the Franklin Regional program as a whole. They have great players who are extremely well-coached and play outstanding football. We are excited and very much looking forward to the challenge of competing with them and also showcasing our football team, band, cheerleaders and student section on Friday Night Rivals on 22 The Point.”

After graduating a large senior class which led them to the 2018 WPIAL quarterfinals, Franklin Regional hasn't lost a step, starting the season 5-0. Led by senior quarterback Adam Rudzinski, the Panthers are navigating a difficult conference with ease so far, aside from a narrow 17-14 victory at Greater Latrobe in Week 2.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be selected for such a great occasion," Franklin Regional Head Coach Greg Botta told 22 the Point.

"Facing Gateway will be a huge challenge. The talent and skill they possess could be the best in the state. However, the coaching staff and the players are excited about the opportunity to play such a great team. We will do our best to rise to the challenge . The excitement is in the air at Franklin and with the players."

Friday's winner will take over first place in the WPIAL's Class 5A Big East conference, and will also earn Route 22 bragging rights. 

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.

WATCH: 22 the Point (WPNT) (Comcast 812, Dish/DirecTV 22, Verizon FiOS 510, Armstrong 105, Atlantic Broadband 707, Laurel Highlands 422, Citizens 812, Consolidated 710, Shentel 207, Time/Warner 1022)

ONLINE: The broadcast will stream on http://22thepoint.com/.

ANNOUNCERS: Josh Maurer (play-by-play), Geoff Arnold (analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines).

SOCIAL MEDIA: #FridayNightRivalsPGH, @22ThePoint, @JordanC_WPGH.

2018 PITTSBURGH FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON 22 THE POINT, WPNT-TV***

Friday Oct 5 Gateway at Franklin Regional

Friday Oct 12 Hopewell at Central Valley

Friday Oct 19 Bethel Park at Peters Township

Friday Oct 26 Pine-Richland at North Allegheny

Edinboro travels to Mercyhurst for Week 6 of the DII season on STN's College Game of the Week

The Mercyhurst Lakers host the Edinboro Fighting Scots in a PSAC matchup on STN’s College Game of the Week.

After a 31-24 victory over Gannon University on Homecoming, Edinboro will hit the road, sitting at 4-1 on the season. A 17-17 game at halftime, Edinboro used a 16-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Tomko to A.J. Turner with 1:43 remaining to come away victorious on Saturday afternoon. Tomko found James Clark for a 7-yard score in the 3rd quarter to tie the game at 24. The Fighting Scots won the yardage battle 346-277 in the win. Tomko threw for 244 yards and three scores, while Walter Fltecher racked up 11 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Mercyhurst fell to 1-4 after a 41-21 defeat at the hands of Slippery Rock. At the 8:40 mark of the 2nd quarter, Slippery Rock had already taken a 28-0 lead that would not be overcome. The Lakers totaled just 267 yards in the loss while allowing 436 to Slippery Rock. Doug Altavilla threw for 171 yards and a score while Garrett Owens picked up a score of his own on the ground to go with 82 rushing yards.

The Fighting Scots’ offense continues to roll, averaging 41 points per game and racking up nearly 400 yards of total offense per contest. Tomko has been turnover prone, throwing 11 picks to go with ten scores and 1,071 passing yards, but the offense has continued to roll. Led by Fletcher with 107.2 per game, Edinboro is rushing for nearly 163 yards per contest. Fletcher has found the end zone nine times this season. Kyle Galyk has produced when given work in the backfield, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and adding three touchdowns of his own. Ta’Nauz Gregory has been stellar, catching 21 balls for 414 yards and five scores.

Defensively, Edinboro is allowing just under 21 points per contest, propped up by the 40 points allowed in the loss to California (Pa.). The Fighting Scots allow 311.6 yards per game in 2018. Strong safety Brandon Anderson leads the team with 45 tackles, and has added an interception and two fumble recoveries. Trey Hall has been a stud for Edinboro as well, making 43 stops, five tackles for loss and racking up three interceptions. Derek Dorr leads the defensive line with four sacks while Zuril Hendrick has blanketed receivers, picking off five passes and breaking up six. An opportunistic bunch, Edinboro has forced 24 turnovers through five games.

Marty Schaetzle’s bunch has had a tough go in his 17th campaign as Head Coach. The offense for the Lakers has averaged just 14.2 points per game this season with 278.2 yards of total offense per game. Under center, Altavilla has thrown for 836 yards and four scores this season. Owens, the lead back, has 426 yards and a pair of scores, averaging over 85 yards rushing per game. Owens has been a main target in the passing game adding 122 yards and another score on 18 receptions. Austin Hence is the leading Laker receiver with 282 yards and two touchdowns. Oddly, the Lakers have yet to score a point in the 3rd quarter this season.

The defense has been solid at times for Mercyhurst, allowing 24.6 points per game, a number boosted by the 41 scored by Slippery Rock. The unit allows 366.2 yards per game, as well. Jake Tarasovitch leads the bunch with 41 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Rocky Owens leads the Lakers with 4.5 tackles for loss and is tied for the team lead with two sacks. Not quite a ball-hawking team, the Lakers have forced just two turnovers this year, having yet to intercept a pass.

After a 7-4 finish a year ago, Edinboro is primed to at the very least match that number and potentially force their way into the DII playoffs. After going 5-6 last year, another loss this weekend would make it very difficult for Mercyhurst to even match their win total from a year ago.

Edinboro has won the last two matchups in the series, defeating Mercyhurst 28-25 a year ago on Homecoming. 

TIME: Saturday, October 6th, 12 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WSEE CW 35.2, WPNT 22 The Point, WJAC 6.2 MeTV

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Dan Watson (play-by-play), Varun Raghupathi (analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines)

Unbeaten West Chester looks to continue their hot start against Bloomsburg

West Chester remains unblemished as they travel to Bloomsburg for a PSAC tilt on STN’s college game of the week.

Off the heels of a 28-21 victory over Shippensburg on Saturday, West Chester heads into this week’s PSAAC matchup at 5-0. The Rams used a big day from Syracuse transfer A.J. Long to pick up the win. Long threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns while adding 87 yards on the ground. The signal caller hooked up with Lex Rosario 13 times for 193 yards and a score. The Rams picked off Brycen Mussina four times, including two by Jarey Elder to seal the victory.

The Huskies, off to an uncharacteristic 2-3 start, suffered their worst loss in six years, losing to Kutztown 44-10. It was the third straight loss to Kutztown for Shippensburg as they amassed just 196 yards of total offense. In Paul Darragh’s 63 career games as the head coach, only seven times has his team been held under 100 yards rushing. The Huskies finished with 73 on the ground.

The aforementioned Long is putting up numbers worth of Harlon Hill recognition. Long has 1,250 passing yards to go with 14 scores and has been a menace to opposition with his feet, leading the team with 360 rushing yards and five more scores. Despite a slow game against Ship, Mark Dukes has been solid in the backfield for the Rams, rushing for 310 yards and four scores, good for 62 yards per game. Rasheem James in the leading receiver with 28 catches and seven touchdowns, but Rosario’s standout performance leaves him just six yards shy of James for the team lead at 370.

Tyler Morrisey is the big man in the middle for the Rams, racking up 39 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Nate Barnes has been fantastic for the Rams as well, making 42 stops, 5.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks while also adding a pick and a fumble recovery. As a whole, the defense has intercepted 12 passes this season, good for over two per game. With his two on Saturday, Elder now has four picks this season. Both Jaishan Thornton and Jordan Burney have two each for West Chester. Five different Rams have contributed at least 3.5 sacks this season.

For the Huskies, the offense hasn’t quite got rolling yet, averaging just 18.8 points per game this season and 303.4 yards per game. Erik Benjamin has been inconsistent under center, completing under 48 percent of his throws for 669 yards and four scores to go with five interceptions. The ground game has been strong, picking up nearly 170 yards per contest, led by Hakeem Sillman with 333 yards. Qmac Quiteh and Alex Gooden are both over 200 yards on the ground this season for Bloomsburg. Despite a net of negative 22 yards, Benjamin has scored five rushing touchdowns. Michael Allen and Jay Popson are the targets through the air, with 200 plus yards receiving each.

The Huskies have been led defensively by Nate Monroe with 43 tackles on the season. Alex Annan is the other Husky with at least 35 tackles this season and has added three tackles for loss, so far. Bloom has intercepted a respectable six passes, led by Marquis Seamon’s three. He has been very difficult to throw on, racking up seven pass breakups and ten passes defended. The Huskies are allowing 23.8 points per game and 338.2 yards per game.

Bill Zwaan’s team is off to a heck of a start and hoping to keep the undefeated season rolling through Bloomsburg. After a strong 9-4 season last year, ending with a loss to IUP in the DII playoffs, the Rams have even higher hopes in 2018. The Huskies, 7-4 a year ago, are looking to turn things around in the second half of the year and get the offense going.

Bloomsburg won the last matchup in the series, a 20-19 victory a season ago. West Chester has been dominant in the all-time series with a record of 49-27. 

TIME: Saturday, October 6th, 2 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WSWB CW 38, WHP 21.2 My Network, WFMZ 69, BLUE RIDGE CABLE NETWORK

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Geoff Arnold (play-by-play), Mike Samsel (analyst),

Undefeated Chestnut Ridge meets Bedford in Week 7 Friday Night Rivals clash

WJAC’s Friday Night Rivals presented by your Local Honda Dealers continues as undefeated Chestnut Ridge makes its way to Bedford for a Week 7 clash.

What a start it has been to the season for Chestnut Ridge, adding another dominant win to their resume as they came away victorious by a score of 33-0 on Friday. Jared McGill ran for 117 yards and two of the four Lions rushing touchdowns on the night. Quarterback Logan Pfister added a pair of touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground in the win. McGill made a play on the defensive side of the ball as well, coming away with an interception. Bedford fell to 4-2 on the season after a hard-fought 11-7 loss to Somerset, ending their three-game winning streak. The Bisons were unable to get much going offensively, settling for just a rushing touchdown by quarterback Steven Ressler.

Outscoring opponents 166-43, Chestnut Ridge has been strong on both sides of the ball, winning six games to start this 2018 campaign. While averaging just 13 passes per game, the Lions have been ruthlessly efficient, completing over 70 percent of their throws. Pfister has thrown for 671 yards and five scores. Pfister does plenty of work on the ground as well, leading the team in rushing attempts while gaining 348 yards and adding six ground scores. McGill is the lead back with 408 rushing yards and another six touchdowns. When Chestnut Ridge does throw, it is normally to Mason McVicker or Derrick Weaver, who have 45 percent of the total receptions and 59 percent of the receiving yards. Weaver is the big play threat, with 23.4 yards per catch and three touchdowns.

Very much a running team, the Bisons, coached by Kevin Steele, have thrown just 37 passes. Ressler has thrown for 277 yards and two scores and added 227 yards on the ground plus five touchdowns. Dylan Arnold has been tough to keep out of the end zone for opposing teams, racking up 11 rushing scores to go with 680 yards. Freshman receiver Mercury Swaim leads the receiving bunch with eight receptions, 133 yards and two scores.

Allowing just over seven points per game, the Chestnut Ridge defense has been stout. Trey Maxwell and McVicker both average over seven tackles per game to lead the Lions. Nine different players for Chestnut Ridge average at least four tackles per contest. Surprisingly for such a strong defense, the Lions have only forced seven turnovers, intercepting three passes and recovering four fumbles. Jacob Mowry has come away with three of those seven, falling on two fumbles and picking off a pass.

Bedford has been strong defensively, but not quite as strong, allowing just under 18 points per game. Swaim leads the team in tackles, accumulating 48 with Elijah Cook just behind him with 47. Brandon Dawson has racked up eight tackles for loss this for the Bisons. Even without an interception, Bedford has forced six turnovers with six different players each recovering a fumble.

Chestnut Ridge sits in a tie with Richland atop the Laurel Highlands standings through six weeks, as both teams remain undefeated. Bedford sits in a tie at 4-2 for fourth place in the conference with Forest Hills. Only Bishop Guilfoyle has allowed less points than the Lions in the conference so far.

Chestnut Ridge is 7-5 in the series dating back to 2006, but Bedford won the last matchup 42-7 in 2015. Prior to the Bisons victory, the Lions had won four straight over Bedford.

After a 3-7 campaign in 2017, the Bisons have already surpassed their past win total and are looking to keep moving up the standings with an upset over the top dog. No stranger to success under Max Shoemaker, Chestnut Ridge is 25-6 over the last three seasons. Still tied with Richland, the Lions will look to continue to win and keep pace with them as the battle atop the Laurel Highlands continues. They will meet on October 26th in the final week of the regular season.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5

WATCH: WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15) Johnstown/Altoona/State College

ONLINE:

ANNOUNCERS: Brian Tripp (play-by-play), Rick Hull (analyst), Josh Kurelac (sidelines).

 

2018 JOHNSTOWN FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON WJAC Me TV

Friday Oct 5 Chestnut Ridge at Bedford

Friday Oct 12 Bishop Guilfoyle at Forest Hills

Friday Oct 19 Altoona Area at State College Area

Friday Oct 26 Bishop Guilfoyle at Bishop McCort

Trinity travels to East Pennsboro in search of first win on Week 7 of STN's Friday Night Rivals.

HARRISBURG – CBS 21’s Friday Night Rivals Presented by Faulkner Subaru season continues in Week 7 with Trinity traveling to East Pennsboro on Friday night.

The East Pennsboro Panthers picked up win number one in their 2018 campaign with a 54-6 victory over Camp Hill. The Panthers used an unheard of 41-point second quarter to come away with the big win. Nikolas Karoly was nearly flawless through the air, completing 11 of 12 throws for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jacob Shermeyer added 152 yards and a pair of scores on the ground for East Pennsboro. Trinity fell to 0-6 on the season after a 46-0 loss to Milton Hershey. The Shamrocks put up just 96 yards of total offense in the contest.

The Panthers, coached by Todd Stuter, sit at 1-5 despite three losses by a touchdown or less. Karoly, one of five players to throw a pass for East Pennsboro, has completed 54 percent of his throws for 812 yards and eight touchdowns. With moderate success through the air, the team has struggled on the ground, averaging just 56.8 yards per game. Shermeyer has 296 of the teams 341 rushing yards this season. Mike Chismar and Jaxson Irwin are the main targets in the air, combining for 50 catches and seven receiving touchdowns. Chismer leads the group with 322 yards receiving.

For the Shamrocks, coached by Todd Ryan, a move was made at quarterback on Friday as Damonte Porter got the nod, completing just one of his 11 throws. Danny Scott has completed 41 percent of passes with a pair of touchdowns and eight interceptions when acting as the quarterback. Connor McCarthy has been the workhorse back, carrying the ball 90 times for 320 yards. Daniel Kosinski has added 44 carries for 212 yards and two touchdowns for the Shamrocks. Despite playing QB last week, Porter still leads the team with 12 catches for 125 yards this year.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers have three players averaging at least five tackles per contest, led by Hunter Campbell at six per game. Shermeyer has been a terror in the backfield, racking up 11 tackles for loss. The team has been opportunistic defensively, forcing 17 turnovers. Marquise Horton has picked off a pair of passes, while Shermeyer has added three fumble recoveries.

Connor Knittle and Mike McDermott have been strong for the Trinity defense, combining for 73 tackles on the season. McDermott leads the team with seven tackles for loss. Trinity has caused just two turnovers this season, a pair of fumble recoveries. Trinity has given up nearly 40 points per game in 2018.

Trinity sits at the bottom of the Mid-Penn Capital conference, tied with Camp Hill. Despite having just a single win, East Pennsboro sits in a tie with Steel High and Boiling Springs at 1-2 in conference play. Three teams, Middletown, Milton Hershey and Palmyra are 3-0 in conference play.

These teams have split the last eight meetings, dating back to 2008. East Pennsboro has won the last three contests by an average of 34 points. It was a 66-27 victory for the Panthers in 2017.

This has been an uncharacteristic down year for East Pennsboro, as the team has won no less than six games every year since 2009. Trinity won eight games in the last three season under the previous regime before Ryan took over this season.

IME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5th

WATCH: CBS 21

ONLINE: local21news.com/watch

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Collin Riccobon (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines).

2018 HARRISBURG FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON CBS 21, WHP

Friday Oct 5 Trinity at East Pennsboro

Friday Oct 12 Hershey at Bishop McDevitt

Friday Oct 19 Camp Hill at Milton Hershey

Friday Oct 26 Central Dauphin at CD East

Friday Night Rivals Week 5 features Class 6A showdown with defending state champs

PITTSBURGH -- The C. Harper Auto Group Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy season hones in on the largest classification in the WPIAL this week featuring Pine-Richland - the PIAA defending state champs in Class 6A - hosting perennial power Pittsburgh Central Catholic.

The Rams host the Vikings in a pivotal regular season matchup live at 7 p.m. on 22 the Point and streaming live on 22thepoint.com. The 22 the Point broadcast is also airing nationally on the Stadium network.

"We are humbled and honored to be on Friday Night Rivals once again this year and we are proud to represent the Pine-Richland School District versus one of our longtime rivals," Pine-Richland Head Coach Eric Kasperowicz tells 22 the Point.

Fresh off of a 2017 undefeated season, WPIAL championship and first PIAA title, the Rams entered this new campaign as one of the favorites in the state's biggest classification, despite sending several players to the college ranks including quarterback Phil Jurkovec, now a freshman at Notre Dame.

Now under center is sophomore Cole Spencer, one of the top wrestlers in the state at 152 pounds. Spencer has helped lead the Rams to a 4-1 start, with their only blemish coming in an opening week 42-0 loss to IMG Academy, the top-ranked team in the nation.

Spencer has plenty of support in front of him including an offensive line considered to be tops in the state, with senior tackle Andrew Kristofic committed to Notre Dame, guard Michael Katic committed to Indiana University in the Big Ten and center Michael Dorundo.

Pine-Richland lost several playmakers from the 2017 title team but has scored more than 40 points in four straight games, with the defense only giving up 21 points in those four victories.

Central Catholic is looking to get back to its usual winning ways against the other WPIAL heavyweights. Following two losses to Pine-Richland last season - in the regular season and in the WPIAL Championship game at Heinz Field - longtime leader Terry Totten is in the middle of a reloading campaign following a 2016 WPIAL championship and state runner-up finish.

The Vikings held on for a 7-6 win last week over Bethel Park and enter the contest 4-1, their only defeat coming at the hands of North Allegheny in a Week 2 matchup.

Before the game, Pine-Richland Head Coach Eric Kasperowicz will be honored by USA Football in a ceremony at the 50-yard line. Kasperowicz was recently selected to coach in the USA Football International Bowl in Arlington, Texas in January, a showcase featuring the top high school football players from the United States against the best from around the world.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

WATCH: 22 the Point (WPNT) (Comcast 812, Dish/DirecTV 22, Verizon FiOS 510, Armstrong 105, Atlantic Broadband 707, Laurel Highlands 422, Citizens 812, Consolidated 710, Shentel 207, Time/Warner 1022)

ONLINE: The broadcast will stream on http://22thepoint.com/.

ANNOUNCERS: Geoff Arnold (play-by-play), Josh Maurer (analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines).

SOCIAL MEDIA: #FridayNightRivalsPGH, @22ThePoint, @JordanC_WPGH.

2018 PITTSBURGH FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON 22 THE POINT, WPNT-TV***

Friday Sept 28 Central Catholic at Pine-Richland

Friday Oct 5 Gateway at Franklin Regional

Friday Oct 12 Hopewell at Central Valley

Friday Oct 19 Bethel Park at Peters Township

Friday Oct 26 Pine-Richland at North Allegheny

Edinboro heads to Gannon University for conference clash on STN

Edinboro (3-1) hosts Gannon (0-4) in conference matchup on Saturday at 12 p.m. as part of STN’s College Game of the Week.

After a 3-0 start to the season, Edinboro will return home with a blemish on the record after a tough fought 40-35 loss at California (Pa.). Edinboro took a 35-34 lead with 8:01 left to play, but couldn’t hold on, as Noah Mitchell found Tyson Hill for 18 yards and a score with 5:20 remaining. Gannon dropped to 0-4 in a tightly contested battle of its own, falling 14-9 to Clarion. Clarion scored a 34 yard touchdown with 16 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter to take a 14-9 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Edinboro was able to make a game out of it despite being out-gained by 200 yards in the contest. The Fighting Scots picked off four passes in the game, winning the turnover battle six to three. Andrew Tomko completed just 30 percent of his passes, throwing for 143 yards and a score. The signal caller added 41 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Walter Fletcher found the end zone twice on the ground for Edinboro.

Zuril Hendrick made eight tackles in the contest and accounted for two of the teams four interceptions on the day. Brandon Anderson led the team with 13 stops and a fumble recovery, while Trey Hall and Branson Smith also came away with interceptions.

For the Gannon offense, Jason Dambach was forced into action and threw for 270 yards and the lone touchdown of the day. Thanks to yards lost due to sacks, the Golden Knights netted -26 yards on the ground. Dontae Owens led the team with 91 receiving yards and Alex Hutchings caught the lone touchdown.

Keith Thompson led the way defensively in a stellar outing, making seven tackles and picking up 1.5 sacks. Despite forcing ten Clarion punts, the Golden Knights were unable to force a turnover in the contest.

Brad Rzyczycki’s Golden Knights will hope the defensive effort continues against the Fighting Scots who have been stellar this season. Rzyczycki’s bunch is averaging 20.25 points per game while allowing 32 points.

Dambach made his first throws of the year last weekend, replacing Jimmy Keefe. Keefe has thrown for 658 yards and four scores in four games this season, but has a completion percentage below 50. After a 160-yard performance to open the year, tailback Marcus Jones has slowed a bit, but easily paces the team with 315 yards and two scores. Joey Cox leads the receiving group with 25 catches for 259 yards and one touchdown.

Martell Davis leads the Golden Knights with 23 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Three different players have intercepted passes for Gannon, as they have forced just five turnovers in four games. Malik Bridgeman leads the team with 3.5 tackles for loss and has also chipped in with a pick and a forced fumble.

Gannon will need to be on their A-game defensively to slow down the Fighting Scots, averaging over 43 points per game. Edinboro averages over 400 yards of total offense per game this season. Tomko has been inefficient, completing just 44 percent of his throws, but does have 827 yards and seven passing touchdowns. He’s added two rushing touchdowns in 2018, as well. Walter Fletcher has a nose for the end zone, scoring eight times while gaining over 400 yards on the ground. Ta’Nauz Gregory is the big-play threat, averaging over 20 yards per catch on 20 receptions and scoring five times.

Defensively, the Fighting Scots allow just 20 points per game. Before allowing 40 last week to California (Pa.), Edinboro had allowed just 40 points through three games. Talk about ball hawks, the Scots have intercepted 14 passes, recovered eight fumbles and sacked the quarterback 11 times so far this year. Hendrick has four interceptions to go with 24 tackles and a fumble forced. Billy DePaul has chipped in with three picks and Derek Dorr leads the way with four sacks.

Edinboro looks like they could improve off last year’s 7-4 record in Wayne Bradford’s first season as head coach. Bradford served the 2017 season under the interim tag. The Fighting Scots will be hoping to avenge last year’s 47-25 loss to the Golden Knights. After a 5-6 season a year ago, Gannon is hopeful they can put one in the win column on Saturday after a slow start.

TIME: Saturday, September 29th, 2 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WSEE CW 35.2, WPNT 22 The Point

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Geoff Arnold (play-by-play), Varun Raghupathi (analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines)